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From the 2011 Leadership Summit – "Footsteps"

May 3, 2011 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on From the 2011 Leadership Summit – "Footsteps"

In March 2011, teens in Ventura, CA gathered for a Leadership Summit to explore social issues and discuss their ideas for possible solutions for reducing underage and binge drinking and impaired driving in their community. Activities included improv games and social change theatre exploration, videomaking, writing, and discussion. Here is a speech presented during the afternoon’s advocate training.

Leadership Summit, March 2011
Teens present their poster during their speech at advocate training at the 2011 Leadership Summit.

In our improv skits, we showed two boys lose great opportunities because of the poor decisions they made.

Don’t follow in their footsteps, because if you do you’ll end up hopeless. Drinking ruins the lives of not only the one doing the destructive behavior, but also the people around them. Life will cause you to face many decisions and crossroads. Please, take the higher route. Why would you choose the path leading to indifference, sorrow and bad choices, when there is such a bright light of opportunities awaiting your sober arrival?

The decision is hard, but the gratification is liberating. Take drugs or drink, and you’ll feel the pain, and so will your family. friends, and anyone who cares about you.

So please, be Straight Up — and take the higher path.